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Have to leave home or care

If you are asked to leave home by your parents the Housing Options Team would look to assist you with the following:

  • Mediating with your parents to enable you to remain at home
  • Seeking alternative accommodation
  • Benefit entitlement, please feel free to use our benefit calculator to check your entitlement
  • Provision of emergency accommodation in some instances
  • Referrals to other supporting agencies

We will need to know the reasons why you have had to leave home and will then try to prevent, wherever possible, disputes at home leading to homelessness. Although this is not always possible, the Housing Options Team would endeavour to try to liaise with your family, enabling you to return home in a planned manner. Hopefully, this would avoid the need for emergency accommodation such as bed and breakfast accommodation, or homeless shelters.

Housing Services may have no legal duty to provide you with emergency accommodation. This will only be considered following a home visit with your family and all other options have been considered.

Leaving home in a planned way will reduce the chance of homelessness. Here are a few things you should consider:

  • Safe to stay - friends may put you up for a few days, but probably can't or won't for a long period of time.
  • Money - how will you feed yourself, pay your rent and bills?
  • Belongings - what will you need to take as well as clothing e.g. bedding, maybe some furnishings, etc?
  • Deposit and rent in advance - most landlords are likely to want a deposit and rent in advance
  • You should try to save up for the cost of your move.


How to get in touch

You can call, email or speak to a housing triage officer at Colchester Borough Council's Customer Services based at the Library and Community Hub, Trinity Square, Colchester. The offices are open 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. They might be able to help you sort things out straight away.

Telephone: 01206 282569

Email: housing.options@colchester.gov.uk